MP3: Arabian Prince – “Let’s Hit the Beach” from Innovative Life, a collection of electro-rap recorded between 1984 and 1989, out now on Stones Throw Records. Arabian Prince worked with the World Class Wreckin Cru along with Dr. Dre and was an early member of NWA. He’s best known as the one dude you don’t … Continue reading Arabian Prince – Let's Hit the Beach
Ice Cube talks to MTV.com about his new album and going indie: “Going independent in 2006 really re-energized me. It rejuvenated me [and] my feelings for the game,” he said. “Being on [major] record labels is for the birds. It sucks all your energy out. Because the good ideas you come up with, a lot … Continue reading Ice Cube, Indie Rapper
Time Out Chicago talks to Public Enemy founder/producer Hank Shocklee about the formation of the group: Shock on the system. Our library was ridiculous. We would pull out breaks from the Turtles, Alabama and Level 42. We were just looking for anything that had that kind of hip-hop kind of vibration. Hip-hop was not a … Continue reading Public Enemy's Hank Shocklee Talks
Slick Rick has been pardoned! Rick’s recommendation to “Treat her like a prostitute” was apparently taken too literally by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, whose forced resignation landed the current governor his job.
I don’t know if I can believe this but apparently Alicia Keys told Blender magazine that she thinks gangsta rap “was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.” Now, the marketing of gangsta rap is certainly a topic for debate and the methods and messaging employed are ripe … Continue reading Alicia Keys Calls Gangsta Rap a Ploy?
Saul Williams: An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey. “Hip Hop is simply a reflection of the society that birthed it. Our love affair with gangsterism and the denigration of women is not rooted in Hip Hop; rather it is rooted in the very core of our personal faith and religions. The gangsters that rule Hip … Continue reading Saul Williams’ Open Letter to Oprah
Nekesa Mumbi Moody from the Associated Press takes on the My New Rap Problem: Criticism From Within. Is hip-hop dead? It’s at least ailing, according to recent statistics: Though music sales are down overall, rap sales slid a whopping 21 percent from 2005 to 2006, and for the first time in 12 years no rap … Continue reading The Decline of the Hip-Hop Civilization
Awwwwwww shit, Snoop Dog was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. The D to the O the double G posted $35,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12. It appears he was arrested after cops searched his vehicle. Snoop seems to have violated a lane restriction at … Continue reading Snoop Nabbed on Drug and Weapons Charges
“Love” by Detroit producer J Dilla (featuing Pharoahe Monche), from The Shining. Obit.